Use of a novel technology to create scent-infused textiles
Fragrance-infused products for home decor area promising and steadily increasing consumer market. Mostscented fabrics are currently produced usingmicroencapsulation. We have investigated an alternativemethod to create longer lasting fragrance-infused textileproducts using direct infusion of scent into melt-spunbicomponent fibres during the filament stage. Laboratoryresults of the second generation of scented samplesproduced by this method revealed fine abrasion resistance,strong fragrance intensity, and excellent scent durabilitythrough 20 repeated washing/drying cycles. Consumerevaluation was consistently positive for the scent-infusedfabrics and their potential consumer applications. We arecurrently investigating the possibility of incorporatingantimicrobial agents into the scented bicomponent fibresfor potential use as odour-control undergarments forindividuals with incontinence.